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The Best of the Best: 15 Best Bronzers

posted on: 7.01.2015

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Where my pale girls at? Summertime is the bane of our existence, mainly because regardless of how many times we've tried, it's straight up impossible to get tanner. And unfortunately for us, shades of red aren't trending yet. But thank goodness for bronzers! It's kind of our only chance to look like we have that "healthy summer glow" thing going on, which is a nice change from the constant "Are you sick? You look really pale," remarks we're used to getting. And it also doesn't hurt to mention that this is a million times safer than actually baking out in the sun. Skin cancer is such a downer, and avoiding the sun like the plague and turning to bronzers is probably the best thing you can do for yourself, regardless of whether you're pale or not.

I've rounded up 15 of my favorite bronzers, which are not to be confused with contour powders, bee tee dubs ("btw" for those of you not in the know ;)). Remember, contour powders are completely matte and don't have an orange-tinge to them, and aren't made for making you look tanner. They're just there to help shave off a few pounds off the face. Bronzing powders are to bronze, which is why I only bust them out in the summer. Got it? Cool. And now, for my definitive list of best bronzers EVER.
  1.  Physician's Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Bronzer
  2. RMS Buriti Bronzer 
  3. Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion 
  4. LORAC TANtalizer Body Bronzing Luminizer 
  5. Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder  
  6. Kjaer Weis Dazzling Cream Bronzer 
  7. Bare Minerals Faux Tan 
  8. It Cosmetics CC + Radiance Ombre Bronzer
  9. NARS The Multiple 
  10. Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil
  11. Hourglass Ambient Bronzing Powder
  12. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
  13. Delizioso Skincare TARA California Bronzing Mousse
  14. Antonym Organics Copper Bronzer
  15. Benefit Hoola Bronzer
What are some of your favorite bronzers?

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 65

posted on: 6.26.2015

Happy Sunday! How was your week? I fiiiinally saw the movie Inside Out this week, and you guys: that movie has become my favorite Pixar movie, and possibly my favorite movie ever. It's SO GOOD. I don't want to overhype it or anything, but seriously. Can't get enough. And the short film, Lava, that they play beforehand is sooo cute. Ugh. I love Pixar so, so much. Anyway, asides from my Inside Out addiction, here are some of the links I've been reading around the web!

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If you haven't heard about Leon Bridges yet, then let this be your first introduction to him. He is the retro-soul singer of your dreams. The crazy thing is that he is only 25 years old, but his voice and music sound like they are from the 50s. I find his music to be so romantic and warm, and it almost feels like a nice big hug. His debut album just dropped, and here is one of my favorite tracks from him, "Coming Home".


8 Things You Need To Know Before Buying a New Foundation

posted on: 6.25.2015

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I firmly believe that the right foundation can be a total game changer. I also believe that foundation is the most important makeup item a girl can have. Despite all of this, foundation is one of the most difficult things to get right. It can actually be incredibly difficult to get the right foundation, but I've compiled a list of eight items to help aid you foundation shoppers out there to get the perfect foundation for you. Intrigued? Click through for my complete list!

Get Ready To See Rum Like You've Never Seen It Before- It's Rum Time!

posted on: 6.22.2015

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I probably haven’t spoken much about booze around here (but trust- that’s changing! I have some awesome cocktail recipes coming in the future!), but here’s a fun fact: Rum is apart of my heritage, which is why I am excited to partner with Rums of Puerto Rico to talk about their new web series, Rum Times. It’s Rum Time !

My family is from Puerto Rico, and we've always joked that we have rum running through our veins rather than blood. My grandparents lived in Puerto Rico when I was younger, and every time they came to visit, my grandfather would bring cases of rum for us. Okay, this is totally making me sound like I come from a family of alcoholics, but it's a cultural thing, I swear! My parents would rarely drink the rum (they never were much into drinking), but would use it in cakes and syrups and all sorts of ways.

Flash forward over ten years, my family and I visited Puerto Rico and I was finally of legal drinking age. I made it my business to visit the Bacardi distillery and to try as many rums as possible, within reason of course. I’ve actually found myself enjoying aged rums, which have a much more powerful and deeper flavor than the clearer (and younger) rums people are accustomed to seeing and using in their mixed drinks.

The history of rum making is SO fascinating. Did you know that Puerto Rico is the Rum Capital of the world? And did you know that Puerto Rico has been distilling rum for over 450 years? And there are so many different other Puerto Rican rum brands out there besides Bacardi, such as Ron del Barrilito (which is incredibly difficult to find stateside- you’re better off getting it in Puerto Rico!), Don Q, and more.

With the web series Rum Times, you have the unique opportunity to see the country and its history in ways you may have never seen before. Rum Times imagines behind-the-scenes parties and celebrations of important achievements such as the quest for electric light, the development of motion pictures, and the invention of sports. It is easy to access and has helped me gain a deeper appreciation for the rum I drink at home. For you history buffs out there, the first episode explores the quest for electrical light and features key historical figures such as Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. I am so proud of my people and my island, and I am so glad that Rum Times is here to educate about rum.

Head over to and check out Rum Times for yourself. And make sure you come back here to share your thoughts below!

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Weekend Wrap Up // No. 64

posted on: 6.21.2015

Happy Sunday! How are you guys doing? I've been away this whole past week working in Miami and then taking a mini-vacation in Disney. I've actually never really been to Miami before, it's generally just a place I'm cruising through before a final destination (such as a cruise, or visiting the Keys). I stayed on South Beach and well, that was an experience! The food was good, the company was great, and the scenery was just insanely beautiful. I think I would do it again, just not in the summer because the humidity was like nothing I'm used to. Blech! But anyway, here are some of the links I've been reading this week!

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// Jamming Out //

I've heard this song on the radio before a bunch of times, but it wasn't until recently that I really started vibing with it. Big Data's latest album is filled with gems like this song.


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